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February 05, 2016
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He'll be okay, just keep him in your's and six other people's thoughts.

Your mom’s new favorite website, Facebook.com, released a study on its blog Thursday that everyone on earth is separated by an “average of three and a half other people.” Using a bunch of really smart computers and logarithms, the homies at Facebook found that out of the 1.59 billion people on the social network site, on average, people are connected by 3.57 other people and, in the United States alone, that number is 3.46 degrees.

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“Figure 1. Estimated average degrees of separation between all people on Facebook. The average person is connected to every other person by an average of 3.57 steps. The majority of people have an average between 3 and 4 steps.” (via)

This is neat news for pretty much everyone, a little nugget of information they can tuck away and then flail out at a party or on a first date. But for Kevin Bacon, this is bad news. The king of six degrees of separation, dethroned.

No longer do we need to find out which six people separate us from the prolific actor, star of Apollo 13 and A Few Good Men, Kevin Bacon. Now, we need even fewer good men (sorry), 3.57 to be exact, to determine how we’re connected to someone.

Surely now that Bacon’s out of the job we can loop him into some other social phenomenon/ice-breaker? Maybe everyone goes around in a circle and says their name, their favorite fruit, and their favorite Kevin Bacon movie? Or what if you say your name, Kevin Bacon’s name, and then a fruit or animal that starts with Kevin’s first initial. We’ll have to keep brainstorming but in the meantime, let’s keep Bacon in our thoughts and prayers. Hopefully he is surrounded by his many, many, many friends.

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